Celebrate at Dodge Nature Center


Birthday parties at Dodge Nature Center are a terrific experience for kids ages 3 and up. Held entirely outdoors, the one-hour party starts with a Dodge naturalist hosting a fun nature activity that fits the season with time at the end for cake and other fun you plan.

Birthday Package


A fun activity hosted by a Naturalist

Spend the birthday party with a Dodge Naturalist doing an activity infused with nature. Your Naturalist host will make sure the fun activity is the best fit for the age group and season.

The Schoolhouse

Your celebration includes access to the Dodge schoolhouse where your group can play, eat, and enjoy your birthday party. The schoolhouse has electricity, running water, is air conditioned in the summer, and heated in the winter. It does not have a refrigerator or freezer. Please bring a cooler as an alternative. The nature center does not provide games, decorations, treats or entertainment, but you can personalize your event by bringing your own ideas and materials.

Birthday Party Details

Age Appropriate for children 3 years and over
Capacity 15 children max
Cost $150
Party Times Saturdays 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Party Duration One hour naturalist-led program, followed by one hour self-led party activities in The Schoolhouse
Parking 24 vehicle lot at 365 Marie Avenue W in West St. Paul, MN 55118
Additional Parking Street parking on Marie Avenue W
COVID-19 Safety Birthday parties will be held with CDC and MN Department of Health procedures in place. Amid the spread of the Delta variant, face masks are required for all participants and staff while indoors, and any outdoor activities where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained outside of your immediate family group. Children under 2 years old are not required to wear a face mask.
Weather Policy Dodge Nature Center will modify party programs to keep students safe when conditions are severe. Reach out to the Naturalist in charge of your party regarding your day of needs and concerns. Parties are held entirely outdoors; please dress appropriately for the weather and your experience at the nature center.

Birthday Party Nature Programs


Choose from a variety of themes to fit party goer ages and your birthday season.

Animal Tracks & Kicksledding

  • 4 years and older

Look for scat, tracks, and animal homes, followed by a visit to the pond trying your skills on the kicksleds.

  • Winter

Animal Tracks & Signs

  • 5 years and older

Hike Dodge in search of animal homes, tracks, scat, and more.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Aquatics

  • 3 years and older

Discover the critters that live in water here at the Dodge ponds.

  • Spring
  • Summer

Down on the Farm

  • 3 years and older

Hike to the barn to learn about farm life and meet the barn animals.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Insects

  • 3 years and older

Explore the prairie using sweep nets and hike around Dodge to find some of Minnesota's smallest residents.

  • Summer
  • Fall

Minnesota Wildlife

  • 3 - 8 years

Be a detective as you inspect animal artifacts and meet some Minnesota wildlife to get to know your animal neighbors better.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Nature Hide and Seek

  • 7 years and older

Meet camouflaged critters and learn all about how wild animals hide in plain sight! Play outdoor versions of hide-and-seek using their tricks.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Outdoor Adventures

  • 4 - 8 years

Climb "Challenge Hill," build forts, and explore the woods.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • 3 years and older

Get up close and personal with tromping turtles, hopping frogs, and slithering snakes. This is an indoor activity.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Wilderness Skills

  • 9 years and older

Learn how to build shelters and fires for survival situations. Bring hot dogs to roast over the fire for lunch.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Ready to get the party started? 

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